Barrier Free Plus, Inc. specializes in Handicap Bathroom Remodeling in Macomb County, MI. Hire the team you can trust by calling (586) 598-2600 today!
Handicap Bathroom Remodeling:
Your bathroom can be modified or redesigned for walker and wheelchair access. Modifications to the bathroom will help avoid injury and is our most requested service.
Let’s start at the bathroom door. Why do architects design, and builders insist on installing a 24″ door to the bathroom? Wheelchairs need a minimum 32″ door for a straight in approach. If the doorway is located in the typical hallway and requires turning a wheelchair, you’ll need a 36″ door.
Many times we find a door that can only open 90 degrees because it opens against a wall. This leaves the door end still in the frame opening. If you only need a couple of inches you can use swing away door hinges that will swing the door completely out of the opening.
- Bathtubs can be very hazardous. Transferring from a wheelchair to the tub can be difficult. The tub area must be carefully designed to provide maximum safety. Bathtub and shower grab bars can be installed to provide support. Tub transfer seats allow persons to sit in the tub and take a bath or shower without having to lower themselves to the tub floor. Many people find it difficult to use a tub. Bath tubs can be replaced with showers.It can be difficult for some of us to step in and out of a bathtub because of the high tub walls. We can make it easier by replacing your tub with a shower. The configuration of most existing bathrooms will limit the size of the shower to the tub area (standard tubs measure 30″ to 34″ x 60″).
There’s also prefabricated molded acrylic/fiberglass shower units on the market. Some include built in shower seats. When remodeling, a 3 or 4 piece sectional unit can be used and assembled in order to get the shower through the door openings and into your bathroom.
- Roll-in showers can be more difficult to install and use. We suggest a shower with a curb but, there’s times when a roll-in shower is your only option. There are problems associated with roll-in showers in a remodeling situation. The size of most existing bathrooms limit the options to a tub to shower conversion. This limits the dimensions of the shower to the same floor area as the tub. A wheelchair will fit into the area but it is tight. The bathroom floor will get wet.Prefabricated, fiberglass/acrylic roll-in shower floors can be considered. They can replace and are available in the same size as your standard 5′ tub, and comes with a right or left hand drain. This makes it easier since no jack hammering is required and only minimal drain adjustment is needed. If you have the room, these units are also available in assorted sizes.
- Toilet seat height requirements vary from one individual to another. Standard residential units are usually 17″ high. This can be too low for some making it difficult to get up. Consider replacing it with the 19″ ADA toilet or installing a raised seat. Many toilets are located next to the tub.
- Sinks can be installed to allow wheel chair access. Vanity cabinets can be removed from below the sink. This will expose the plumbing pipes requiring covering with insulation or boxed in to prevent contact with sharp edges and burns by hot water pipes. Pedestal style sinks can give you a little more room to maneuver, but can be difficult to use from a wheelchair and are usually a couple of inches higher than the standard vanity top. We suggest a wall mounted lavatory.
- Faucets can be replaced with single lever controls. Consider the use of anti-scald temperature controls that prevent the water temperature from exceeding an established limit
Barrier Free Plus, Inc. can help you with Handicap Bathroom Remodeling. We provide custom handicap bathrooms in Macomb County, Michigan that will suit your needs. Call (586) 598-2600 today for more information.